Quenton Nelson

Quenton Emerson Nelson (born March 19, 1996) is an American football guard for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and was selected by the Colts sixth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Considered among the NFL's best guards,[1][2] Nelson has received Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors in his first three seasons.

Quenton Nelson
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Nelson at the 2020 Pro Bowl
No. 56 – Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Born: (1996-03-19) March 19, 1996 (age 25)
Holmdel, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, New Jersey)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Games played:48
Games started:48
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Nelson is the youngest of four children of Craig and Maryellen Nelson, in which she noted Quenton to be a large baby at birth (10 lb 10 oz or 4.82 kg).[3] He grew up in Holmdel Township, New Jersey and attended Holmdel High School as a freshman before transferring to Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey, where he was an All-Star in basketball as a power forward/center.[4][5] He committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.[6][7] He also supplemented his football and strength trainings with Taekwondo.[8]

College careerEdit

After redshirting his first year at Notre Dame in 2014, Nelson played in all 12 games and made one start in 2015.[9] In 2016, he started all 12 games.[10][11][12] He was named a unanimous first team All-American after the 2017 season. On January 8, 2018, Nelson announced that he would forgo his last year of eligibility and enter the draft.[13]

Professional careerEdit

NFL DraftEdit

At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Nelson was projected a top ten selection in the first round by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the top offensive linemen prospect in the draft by Sports Illustrated and NFL analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock.[14][15]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
325 lb
(147 kg)
33+34 in
(0.86 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
4.62 s 7.65 s 26+12 in
(0.67 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
35 reps
All values from NFL Draft[16][17]

2018 seasonEdit

The Indianapolis Colts selected Nelson in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[18] On May 11, 2018, the Colts signed Nelson to a fully guaranteed four-year, $23.88 million contract, including a signing bonus of $15.45 million.[19] On November 1, 2018, Nelson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, after he was part of an offensive line that hadn't allowed a sack in 156 straight dropbacks and had 200 rushing yards in back-to-back games for first time in 33 years. Nelson becoming the first guard to ever win the award, and he and Darius Leonard (who won Defensive Player of the Month in September) became the first teammates to win awards in the same season.[20] He was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and was named first-team All-Pro.[21]

2019 seasonEdit

In the 2019 season, Nelson appeared in and started all 16 games for the Colts.[22] He played 1,042 snaps, allowing zero sacks and committing just three penalties; he earned a grade of 91.2 from Pro Football Focus.[23] For the second consecutive season, he was named as a First Team All-Pro and earned a Pro Bowl nomination.[24][25]

2020 seasonEdit

In the 2020 season, Nelson again appeared in and started all 16 games for the Colts for the third year in a row.[26] He played 1,082 snaps, only allowed 1 sack and committed 9 penalties. For the third straight year, Nelson was named as a First Team All-Pro and earned his third Pro Bowl nomination.[27]

2021 seasonEdit

On April 28, 2021, the Colts exercised the fifth-year option on Nelson's contract.[28]


  1. ^ "Colts: Quenton Nelson is already highest-ranked guard ever in NFL's Top 100". Horseshoe Heroes. July 30, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Quenton Nelson Ranked NFL's Second-Best Guard, Best Player From 2018 Draft". www.colts.com. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Quenton Nelson: The Left Guard YOU Should be Talking About | NFL Films Presents, retrieved December 13, 2019
  4. ^ Lanni, Patrick (May 2, 2013). "Notre Dame lands commitment from Quenton Nelson of Red Bank Catholic". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Edelson, Nelson (April 26, 2018). "NFL Draft: Colts select Holmdel's Quenton Nelson No. 6 overall". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Hamilton, Brian (May 2, 2013). "Notre Dame football: Quenton Nelson commits". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Fortuna, Matt (May 2, 2013). "Quenton Nelson becomes No. 9 for 2014". espn. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Freak Notre Dame Recruit Quenton Nelson Destroys Two Boards with One Punch". Bleacher Report. June 2, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Edelson, Stephen (September 29, 2015). "Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson flashes his potential". app.com. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Vorel, Mike (November 1, 2017). "How Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson evolved into the nation's most feared offensive lineman". ND Insider. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Staton, Rob (September 21, 2017). "Quenton Nelson is tremendous & a very early 2018 pick". Seattle pi. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Stankevitz, JJ (September 24, 2015). "Quenton Nelson bringing a mean streak to Notre Dame's OL". NBC Spots Chicago. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson entering the 2018 draft". CBS Sports. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Jeremiah, Daniel (April 25, 2018). "Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for 2018 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol 2". si.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Quenton Nelson". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 26, 2018). "Quenton Nelson selected by Colts at No. 6 overall". NFL.com.
  19. ^ "Spotrac.com: Quenton Nelson contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Zak Keefer (November 1, 2018). "Colts' Quenton Nelson named Offensive Rookie of the Month". IndyStar. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Teope, Herbie (January 4, 2019). "All-Pro Team: Donald, Mahomes among highlights". NFL.com.
  22. ^ "Quenton Nelson 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  23. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Quenton Nelson (2019)". Pro Football Focus. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  24. ^ "Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard Named To 2019 NFL All-Pro Teams". www.colts.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  25. ^ "Darius Leonard, Quenton Nelson Selected To 2020 Pro Bowl". www.colts.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  26. ^ "Quenton Nelson 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  27. ^ "Six Colts Players Named To AP All-Pro Team". www.colts.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  28. ^ "Colts Exercise Quenton Nelson's Fifth-Year Option". Colts.com. April 28, 2021.

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